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6 Small Bathrooms with Big Style

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Photo by Lonny.com

Photo by Lonny.com

Work Some Wallpaper

It might seem counterintuitive, but the smaller the space, the bigger the design risk you can take. Think bold paint, a riotous rug, or, of course, wild wallpaper. There’s no better place to try out that larger-than-life floral pattern or that boom-pow animal print you’ve had your eye on because wrapping a WC in wallpaper lends it a sumptuous jewel-box feel. If you’re a renter, consider removable wallpaper sold in beautiful designs by companies including Graham & Brown and Spoonflower.

Photo courtesy of Natalie Clayman Interiors

Photo courtesy of Natalie Clayman Interiors

Seize the Side Wall

Rather than attempting to disguise the narrowness of this nook, we love how designer Natalie Clayman embraced its uniquely tight quarters, cleverly mounting light fixtures on the side walls. This fresh bit of orientation spotlights the chic sconces (there’s power in pairs), and leaves breathing room around the mirror giving an impression of more space than actually exists. (Natalie also subscribes to our tip #1: working some wallpaper.)

Photo by Lonny.com

Photo by Lonny.com

Up Your Shelf Game

In tiny bathrooms, storage space is everything—where else are you going to stash that eyebrow-raising collection of facial serums and hair ties? If you’re lacking medicine-cabinet and under-the-sink storage consider a simple shelf. Evenly spaced shelves running the length of the room give the streamlined appearance of existing architecture, not random add-ons. Mounted near a tub, they can hold all your bathing supplies, otherwise they’re the perfect place for a neat assortment of your prettiest products, cute boxes hiding cotton balls and Q-tips, and any other decorative accents—plants, candles, art—you’re dying to display.

Photo by Lonny.com

Photo by Lonny.com

Put a Skirt On It

Ah, the skirted sink—an oldie but goodie. It’s a smart solution for anyone with a pedestal or wall-mount sink who desperately needs more storage. The trick? Keep the look from feeling frumpy by working with a crisp white fabric that will blend into the silhouette of your sink, or by pulling in a design-forward pattern you’ve been loving. You can pass off the project to a seamstress, or DIY it with our sink skirt how-to.

Photo by Lesley Unruh

Photo by Lesley Unruh

Squeeze in a Tiny Tub

If you’re like us, there’s nothing better than occasionally ignoring that ever-mounting to-do list and escaping to the tub with a good book and glass of vino. And while you might not be able to fit a full-size version in a bathroom that’s short on square footage, there are plenty of petite soak-worthy beauties on the market that can stand alone, or stand in as your shower basin. More unexpected than white, a black tub can ground a space, adding elegance to the overall look.

Photo by Lesley Unruh

Photo by Lesley Unruh

Opt for All White

The chicness of a white on white on white bathroom is undeniable. In designer Michelle Smith’s space, her goal was to keep her bathroom uncluttered and sleek, something she accomplished by choosing white floor-to-ceiling subway tiles and a white pedestal sink. The room’s only real color comes in the form of custom unlacquered brass fixtures. And if you tire of such a monochromatic scheme, this hue provide the perfect base for a rotating mix of colorful accent pieces because everything goes with white.

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3 Responses to “6 Small Bathrooms with Big Style”

  1. Irene Madrid says:

    I had fun with my small bathroom with a green Toile wallpaper and spa-like glass shower tucked in a corner. It works beautifully.

  2. Jonas says:

    I would like to ask how they made the walls in the first picture? It looks so amazing.

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  3. Petunia Evans says:

    I really liked these small bathroom designs, I had no idea so much could be done in such a small space. I loved your idea to add shelves on the wall, as well as put candles on those shelves. I think that doing that, as well as making everything white, could really help my bathroom’s design. Thank you so much for this help! https://www.tuscanbasins.com/

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